by Mat Dirjish
Vegas Renewable Diesel claims its reformulated diesel fuel can reduce fuel emissions below those of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). In a Nevada smog test, the reformulated diesel fuel scored an opacity meter rating of 0.5% with no visible exhaust, whereas a typical hybrid electric car measured 0.72%.
Called UC2, the near non-polluting fuel is drop-in compatible with diesel #2 (ASTM D975). As per the company, since 2009, manufacturers worldwide have installed a diesel particulate filter (DPF) into every diesel vehicle. Unfortunately, as diesel engines produce soot as a result of incomplete fuel combustion, DPFs involve repairs, downtime, and high maintenance and filter-replacement costs.
Reportedly, the reformulated diesel eliminates soot and ash and DPF maintenance while enabling better fuel economy due to a 99.5% complete fuel burn. Additionally, UC2 meets and or exceeds all ASTM D975 testing and costs is just two cents (2¢) more per gallon. For more details and data, visit the Vegas Renewable Diesel website.
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